07/17/2020- The City of Menominee may offer an additional payout to emergency responders for their work during the COVID-19 crisis. The Public Safety/Public Works Committee discussed authorizing a $1000 hazard pay premium to City police officers and firefighters. City Manager Tony Graff says funding has been made available through the federal CARES Act to reimburse municipalities for these types of premiums offered to first responders who have performed hazardous duty or work involving physical hardship related to COVID-19. The application period for the grants opened July 7th and Graff notes while there’s a high probability Menominee will see a 100% reimbursement on this payment, because the money is offered on a first come, first serve basis, there is some element of risk.
28 City employees are eligible for the hazard pay and the PS/PW Committee approved the premium and authorizing Graff to sign the reimbursement grant application and the topic will next be taken up by the full City Council Monday. Graff is recommending the premium be paid by July 31st and if the application is approved, the City should see reimbursement of those funds by mid-November.